Sermons tagged with ‘grace’

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“Can God do that?” Isaiah 45:1-13

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God speaks through Isaiah and names king Cyrus of Persia a full 150 years before he comes into power. God is in control of all nations, all people, and all events. We humble ourselves in response to his power and grace, and we take the God-given responsibility he has granted us to choose to follow Him.

“Who me, offended? That’s outrageous!” Matthew 11:1-19

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“Who me, offended? That’s outrageous!” (Click to Listen, right click to download) Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers recently described his disillusionment with the Christian faith as a result of the “binary systems” it projects . Even though it may be culturally convenient to write off Christianity because of its exclusive claims to truth, right and […]

“The Love of God is greater far…” Ephesians 3:17-19

“The Christian Gospel is that I am so flawed that Jesus had to die for me, yet I am so loved and valued that Jesus was glad to die for me. This leads to deep humility and deep confidence at the same time. It undermines both swaggering and sniveling. I cannot feel superior to anyone, and yet I have nothing to prove to anyone. I do not think more of myself nor less of myself. Instead, I think of myself less.”
Tim Keller, The Reason for God

“God With Us- the beauty of the Incarnation” John 1:14

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Do you think that God is remote and doesn’t care about your situation?  You might even think that God is simply figment of the imagination.  Consider for a moment that the God of the universe wants to connect with you.  How would this God reveal himself? How would he reveal himself in order to communicate […]

“In Christ, On Mission” Part 1 Matthew 9:35-38

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Christians often drift into a pattern of “doing things for God” instead of simply “being with God”.  When Jesus went to Mary & Martha’s house, he urged Martha to SLOW DOWN and rest, and to learn from him.  Mary had chosen to sit at Jesus’ feet and listen, while Martha was “distracted with much serving” […]

Christian Liberty- 1 Corinthians 8:1-13

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Christians have no shortage of issues to disagree about.  But when it comes to secondary matters that are not essential to the gospel and are not clearly sin, we need to allow one another freedom of individual liberty.  Christian Liberty (Click to listen, right click to download) These issues are called secondary matters: they could […]

“Verbal Homicide” Matthew 5:21-26

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(click to listen, right click to download)  “Verbal Homicide” Jesus’ teaching always cuts right to a person’s heart. Like a master surgeon, he exposes the dark corners that need to be cleansed. We tend to categorize people into groups such as good vs. bad, convict vs. free, criminal vs. model citizen, etc.  However when categorizing others, […]

“Christ Fulfills the Law”

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Matthew 5.17-20 (click to listen, right click to download) ESPN college basketball analyst Fran Fraschilla described Villanova coach Jay Wright this way: “It’s fun to see him coach his team and give them the freedom to have success on both ends of the floor without his players worrying about making a mistake and being yanked out […]

‘You shall call his name Jesus”- Matthew Chapter 1

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“You shall call his name Jesus” audio Life is filled with ugly messes as well as beautiful mystery.  In this message, you will hear about the ancestry and the birth of Jesus- the miracle of the incarnation–from both messy and beautiful perspectives.  The Son of God taking on human form, to dwell among humanity, is […]

“Blessed are the meek…” Matthew 5:5

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“Blessed are the Meek” (click to listen, right click to download) Who wants to be known as meek?  It doesn’t seem to be a desirable quality at first glance. By contrast, “Just Do It” ; “No Fear” ; “Live Strong”; and “That which doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” are some of the phrases people […]